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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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By how much unexpected, by so much
  We must awake endeavor for defense,
    For courage mounteth with occasion.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Austria at II, i) [Courage]

He is the half part of a blessed man,
  Left to be finished by such as she,
    And she a fair divided excellence,
      Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Citizen at II, i) [Matrimony]

Heralds, from off our towers we might behold,
  From first to last, the onset and retire
    Of both your armies, whose equality
      By our best eyes cannot be censured.
        Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answered blows,
          Strength marched with strength, and power confronted power.
            Both are alike, and both alike we like.
              One must prove greatest. While they weigh so even,
                We hold our town for neither, yet for both.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Citizen at II, i) [Equality]

I would that I were low laid in my grave.
  I am not worth this coil that's made for me.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Arthur at II, i) [Worth]

If that the Dauphin there, thy princely son,
  Can in this book of beauty read 'I love,'
    Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen;
      For Angiers and fair Touraine, Maine, Poitiers,
        And all that we upon this side the sea,
          Except this city now by us besieged,
            Find liable to our crown and dignity,
              Shall gild her bridal bed and make her rich
                In titles, honors, and promotions,
                  As she in beauty, education, blood,
                    Holds hand with any princess of the world.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at II, i) [Women]

Not that I have the power to clutch my hand
  When his fair angels would salute by palm,
    But for my hand, as unattempted yet,
      Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.
        Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail
          And say there is no sin but to be rich;
            And being rich, my virtue then shall be
              To say there is no vice but beggary.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i) [Beggary]

The cannons have their bowels full of wrath,
  And ready mounted are they to spit forth
    Their iron indignation 'gainst your walls.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at II, i) [War]

Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,
  A seal to this indenture of my love,
    That to my home I will no more return
      Till Angiers and the right thou hast in France,
        Together with that pale, that white-faced shore,
          Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides
            And coops from other lands her islanders,
              Even till that England, hedged in with the main,
                That water-walled bulwark, still secure
                  And confident from foreign purposes,
                    Even till that utmost corner of the west
                      Salute thee for her king.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Austria at II, i) [Kisses]

Urge them while their souls
  Are capable of this ambition,
    Lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath
      Of soft petitions, pity, and remorse,
        Cool and congeal again to what it was.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Elinor at II, i) [Opportunity]

What cracker is this same that deafs our ears
  With this abundance of superfluous breath?
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Austria at II, i) [Talk]

You are the hare of whom the proverb goes,
  Whose valor plucks dead lions by the beard.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i) [Valor]

Zounds! I was never so bethumped with words
  Since I first called my brother's father dad.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i) [Words]

A wicked day, and not a holy day!
  What hath this day deserved? What hath it done
    That it in golden letters should be set
      Among the high tides in the calendar?
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Day]

But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy,
  Nature and fortune joined to make thee great.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Greatness]

Here I and sorrow sit.
  Here is my throne; bid kings come bow to it.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Sorrow]

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud,
  For grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Grief : Sorrow]

Of nature's gifts thou mayst with lilies boast
  And with the half-blown rose.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Beauty]

Thou cold-blooded slave,
  Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side,
    Been sworn my soldier, bidding me depend
      Upon thy stars, thy fortune, and thy strength,
        And dost thou now fall over to my foes?
          Thou wear a lion's hide! Doff it for shame,
            And hang a calfskin on those recreant limbs.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Cowardice]

Thou dost shame
  That bloody spoil. Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward!
    Thou little valiant, great in villainy!
      Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!
        Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight
          But when her humorous ladyship is by
            To teach thee safety!
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Cowards]

Thou shalt be punished for thus frighting me,
  For I am sick and capable of fears,
    Oppressed with wrongs, and therefore full of fears,
      A widow, husbandless, subject to fears,
        A woman, naturally born to fears;
          And though thou now confess thou didst but jest,
            With my vexed spirits I cannot take a truce,
              But they will quake and tremble all this day.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Fear]

Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame,
  And hang a calf's skin on those recreant limbs.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Proverbs]

When law can do no right,
  Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i) [Law]

I had a thing to say,
  But I will fit it with some better tune.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at III, ii) [Speech]

Bell, book and candle shall not drive me back
  When gold and silver becks me to come on.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at III, iii) [Temptation]

The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day,
  Attended with the pleasures of the world,
    Is all too wanton and too full of gawds
      To give me audience.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at III, iii) [Day]


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